Doubleline Fusilier, Pterocaesio digramma (Bleeker 1865)

Other Names: Black-tipped Fusilier, Double Stripe Fusilier, Doublelined Fusilier, Double-lined Fusilier, Twin Yellow-striped Fusilier, Two-stripe Fusilier

Double-lined Fusiliers, Pterocaesio digramma, being attended by a Common Cleanerfish, Labroides dimidiatus, near Vlaming Head, North West Cape, Western Australia, December 2017. Source: Kristin Anderson / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A bluish-green fusilier becoming paler below, with a pair of narrow yellow stripes along the back and midside, and dark caudal-fin tips. The lower yellow stripe is mostly below the lateral line (except on the caudal peduncle).

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Doubleline Fusilier, Pterocaesio digramma (Bleeker 1865)

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Shark Bay to the Dampier Archipelago, and Scott Reef, Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to at least Sydney, New South Wales; also Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, west Pacific.
Forms schools around coastal, lagoon and seaward reefs.


Heavily fished in parts of its range.

Species Citation

Caesio digramma Bleeker1865, Nederlandsch Tijdschrift voor de Dierkunde 2: 180. Type locality: Ambon, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2019


Australian Faunal Directory

Doubleline Fusilier, Pterocaesio digramma (Bleeker 1865)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37346050

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Feeding:1-50 m (usually <30 m)

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:30 cm TL

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